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First group of Anglicans accepts pope’s offer

They’re making history, and they’re from across the pond:

The Traditional Anglican Communion’s province in Great Britain has become the first to accept Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans. 

All its members voted unanimously to come into communion with Rome under the terms of the new provision, which allows them to retain their Anglican patrimony. 

An undated statement on the province’s website reads: 

“That this Assembly, representing the Traditional Anglican Communion in Great Britain, offers its joyful thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his forthcoming Apostolic Constitution allowing the corporate reunion of Anglicans with the Holy See, and requests the Primate and College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion to take the steps necessary to implement this Constitution.”  


A statement from Bishop David Moyer of the Traditional Anglican Communion reads:

“The well-attended Assembly was a grace-filled gathering where all in attendance became aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit. The bishops, priests, ordinands, and lay representatives were brought to a place of “being in full accord and of one mind,” as St. Paul prayed for the Church in Philippi.

You can find more at the Register website.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Can anyone tell me why Anglicans and other protestant christian religions can be married and become catholic priests but men who have been catholic all their lives cannot?

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posted November 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Bill, this reminds me of a George Carlin routine about religious men and hats. Catholic clerics wear hats, Jews think this is an abomination. Surely, somebody must be offending God. Carlin proposes a new religion that declares that “hats are optional!”. In other words, all these stipulations are purely arbitrary.

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Jim Van de Voorde

posted November 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Regarding DML’s good question, it is the long standing tradition, not doctrine, of the Latin (Western) part of the Catholic Church that priests and therefore also bishops take a vow of celibacy prior to ordination which has spiritual and practical aspects. The ordination of converting ministers of certain protestant churches can be ordained as Catholic priests with the pastoral provision to permit this exception to the rule since in good faith they were validly married. No man is forced to be a celibate and it is not surprise to them before they make the committment.

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